With the Married Life Newsletter, each month you receive ideas and insights with go-and-do's you can actually go and do. So pick one, two, three of the things below and see how little things can turn into something big! You got this...because you are better at marriage than you think!
3 WAYS TO SOOTHE YOUR SPOUSE’S ANXIETY
by Les and Leslie Parrott
Anxiety. Most of us have been there: an issue that–to the outside world–seems arguably small balloons into a crushing, suffocating weight. Our hearts race. Our palms sweat. We descend into a spiraling panic, and find that it’s difficult (and even hopeless) to stop the feeling of dread building inside our chests.
Most of us know what anxiety feels like when it’s happening to us, but it can be difficult to know how to help someone we love when they are being riddled with it. It’s easy to feel at a loss, not knowing what to do or say. Can’t they just get over it, already?
Unfortunately, it’s easiest to write off a spouse’s anxiety and come up short when it comes to offering comfort and help. So today, we’re sharing tips for helping your husband or wife overcome the panic monster when it attacks. (Read More)
Marriage mentors help couples learn how to navigate the journey of love for a lifetime. A mentor is not a couple with a perfect marriage, but a couple who is further down the road, relatively happy in marriage, and trained to invest in another couple’s marriage. Mentoring supports couples by:
- Preparing - Helping premarital couples get a healthy start.
- Maximizing - Helping good marriages become better!
- Repairing - Helping struggling marriages find healing and hope.
Couples meet together for six to ten sessions based on a schedule that works for everyone involved. Mentoring is a great resource and very affordable.
For questions, contact Mark and Laura Wildey. Both individuals must be willing to engage in the mentoring process.
HE SAID/SHE SAID
Each month, we highlight a couple we think has something great to say. We give them one question to ask each other.
This month’s couple is Dan and Misti Mancini. Dan and Misti have been married 22 years, and have two children, ages 11 and 8. We asked Dan and Misti, WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE TWO OF YOU DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
DAN: If you want to include the family dog in Christmas celebrations, be warned—gift wrapping Milk Bone dog biscuits and rawhide chews won’t fool him. He’ll know what’s in the packages and, left unattended, he will open them before Christmas morning. Also, once he starts unwrapping gifts, he probably won’t stop with his own.
MISTI: Our kids think the absolutely best part of our annual Thanksgiving trip to Chicago is that the hotel has an indoor swimming pool and hot tub (which they refer to as the “hot pool”). They lounge around in the “hot pool” and strike up conversations with other hotel guests like they’re adults.
Talk About It - WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE TWO OF YOU DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
Grab a sticky note, fill in the blank below, and put it in a place your spouse will find it (e.g., washing machine, steering wheel, bathroom mirror, etc.). Take a picture of the note and upload it to the social media outlet of your choice, and include #MarriedLifeSoutheast.
I love remembering the time when we __________________!
Each month we want to share a good post with simple things that can dramatically impact marriages. Check out this post...
One Sure Fire Way to Your Spouse’s Heart by Ted Lowe
Each month, we will bring you one tip that will hopefully bring you closer in the bedroom...or keep you from drifting a part. Check out this post...
Casual Marriage by Andy Savage at Highpoint Church
During one meal this week, ask each other this question:
What are your top 3 favorite movies?
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The best gift you can give your spouse is a healthy you—healthy spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Consider exploring a new resource to invest in a better you.
- For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn
- For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women by Shaunti Feldhahn
Every marriage can use great resources - Be sure to forward this to another couple!!! And be sure to tell others about Married Life.